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Old 19 January 2015, 19:14   #1
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Cobra MR HH125

As a small Sib owner who won't venture more than a mile off shore I wanted to know if the above radio would be suitable. I know it's the cheapest on fleabag but with the cost of the license and exam it's all I can really afford!
I have life jackets, anchor, oars etc and want to be safe hence the vhf. BUT if I went for the best of everything I couldn't afford to get out on the water!


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Old 19 January 2015, 20:11   #2
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It's not about how far offshore you're going, it's about how far you are from someone else who can hear you.

You'd be better off buying good quality 2nd hand than new poor quality kit.
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Old 20 January 2015, 02:29   #3
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I bought a Cobra MR HH125 when I started sibbing a few years back. However having used another handheld device of a fellow boater I quickly realised it's inadequacies! It is limited in range and not water resistant. As they say you gets what you pay for. I eventually bit the bullet and spent 120 quid on a Standard Horizon which was heavy discounted in a sale. The S.H unit
is in a different class to the Cobra . It picks up transmissions that were garbled on the Cobra. Its bombproof, it floats and is 100 % waterproof. All in all it's a pleasure to use. I gave the Cobra to my old man as a a backup for his boat.
I would personally advise against the purchase of this unit.
If you are limited to that kind of budget - get a second hand Standard Horizon or Icom or similar.
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I would recommend a radio with GPS for DSC, that floats. If you blow your whole budget and need help without taking the class, hit the red DSC button and beg them to come and write you a ticket, at the GPS coordinates you just sent them. (Unless of course they will not give you a MMSI number without the class?) That is said tongue in cheek...somewhat.
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Old 20 January 2015, 03:23   #5
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+1 for Icom and Standard Horizon. Far better quality than the cheaper brands which are false economy.
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Old 20 January 2015, 04:10   #6
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Thanks for the comments. It looks like I will have to save a bit more
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Old 20 January 2015, 12:10   #7
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Whats an MMSI number? I have seen them mentioned.
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Got it thanks. Answer to question that is not the radio.
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Thanks for the comments. It looks like I will have to save a bit more
This isn't an official ribnet recommendation bit some people might suggest that you get the radio (you don't need dsc, especially if a. You are always in a similar area and think through how to describe it and even less so if b. You have a GPS... it's nice to have, as is floating but some thin cord can stop it being lost) Then do the training at a later date when funds allow. The ownership license (and mmsi no) are free and don't require the operators certificate. Op cert only required for routine use, not in emergencies. Routine use will make you more confident in emergencies, but even a bad mayday is better than no mayday.
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gets pricey this boating lark!!

every thread i read makes me realise that i need to throw more cash at my new hobby. Should have taken up smoking, it would have been cheaper!!!
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